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Donald Ward Penn (born April 27, 1983) is an American football offensive tackle for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. Penn played college football at Utah State, and was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2006. Penn has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.

Donald Penn
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Penn with the Oakland Raiders in 2017
No. 72 – Washington Redskins
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1983-04-27) April 27, 1983 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Bernard
(Los Angeles, California)
College:Utah State
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2019
Games played:184
Games started:180
Receiving yards:26
Receiving touchdowns:4
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Penn attended Saint Bernard Catholic High School in Playa del Rey, California and was a student and a letterman in football and basketball. In football, as a senior, he was named the Team's Lineman of the Year, was a first team All-League selection, and was a first team All-California Interscholastic Federation selection. As a junior, he was a second team All-League selection. In basketball, he was an All-State selection. Penn graduated from Saint Bernard Catholic High School in 2001. He attended Utah State in college, and he notably never allowed a sack throughout his college career.

Professional careerEdit

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Penn with the Buccaneers in 2012

Penn was signed by Tampa Bay after he was released from the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. Later in the season in a game against the Miami Dolphins, Penn blocked an extra point attempt. On April 10, 2009, he signed a one-year $2.792 million contract to stay with the Buccaneers.[1] On July 30, 2010, Penn signed a six-year $43 million contract.[2] Penn scored his first ever touchdown in the NFL on November 21, 2010 against the San Francisco 49ers. It came on a one-yard pass from Josh Freeman to put the Buccaneers up 21-0 in the 4th quarter. Penn was named to the 2011 Pro Bowl as an alternate. He replaced Green Bay Packers tackle Chad Clifton, whose team advanced to Super Bowl XLV.[3] On November 11, 2013, Penn scored his second career touchdown against the Miami Dolphins, which was also his 100th consecutive game started.[4] Penn was released on March 13, 2014.[5]

Oakland RaidersEdit

Penn (far left) in a game against the Washington Redskins

Penn was signed by the Oakland Raiders on March 18, 2014 to a two-year, $9.6 million contract with $4.2 million guaranteed.[6] As an eligible offensive lineman, Penn scored his third career touchdown on a pass from Derek Carr against the San Francisco 49ers, this being the second time he scored against that team.[7]

The Raiders re-signed Penn to a two-year, $14 million contract on March 16, 2016.[8] Penn was named to his second Pro Bowl in 2016 along with fellow Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Rodney Hudson.[9]

On September 15, 2017, Penn signed a two-year, $21 million contract extension with the Raiders.[10] On December 18, 2017, Penn's season was finished after revealing that he would undergo foot surgery.[11] He was placed on injured reserve on December 22, 2017.[12] He was named to his third Pro Bowl but because of his foot surgery, could not participate.[13]

In 2018, the Raiders drafted Kolton Miller in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the intention of being their future left tackle.[14] At the end of training camp, Penn was moved to right tackle after Miller won the starting left tackle job.[15] On October 3, 2018, Penn was placed on injured reserve after suffering a groin injury in Week 4.[16]

On March 16, 2019, Penn was released by the Raiders after the team signed Trent Brown.[17]

Washington RedskinsEdit

On July 31, 2019, Penn signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Penn married his wife, Dominique, in June 2012. They have two sons, Donald III and Dominick, and a daughter, Demi. Donald and his wife, Dominique, [19] Penn hosts annual bookbag and Christmas shopping events for youth at the East Oakland Youth Development Center.[20]


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  3. ^ "Penn Will Play In His First Pro Bowl-Pewter Report: Your source for inside and breaking news on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers". Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  4. ^ Jumbotron highlight nearly led Bucs to scrap pass to Donald Penn
  5. ^ Brinson, Will. "Buccaneers release OT Donald Penn". Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Hanzus, Dan. "Donald Penn agrees to contract with Oakland Raiders". Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  7. ^ Sessler, Marc (December 8, 2014). "Donald Penn lived 'every big man's dream' with TD". Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 16, 2016). "Raiders to re-sign left tackle Donald Penn". Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "NFL announces 2017 Pro Bowl rosters". December 20, 2016.
  10. ^ Orr, Conor (September 15, 2017). "Raiders sign Donald Penn to two-year, $21M extension".
  11. ^ Shook, Nick. "Donald Penn (foot) to undergo season-ending surgery". NFL. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  12. ^ "Raiders Announce Transactions". December 22, 2017.
  13. ^ "NFL announces 2018 Pro Bowl rosters". December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  14. ^ "Donald Penn phoned Jon Gruden angry after Raiders drafted Kolton Miller, now mentoring young tackle for future". May 30, 2018.
  15. ^ Gutierrez, Paul (August 14, 2018). "Raiders' Donald Penn activated off PUP, moved to right tackle". Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  16. ^ Gutierrez, Paul (October 3, 2018). "Raiders put right tackle Donald Penn on IR with groin injury".
  17. ^ Hirschhorn, Jason (March 16, 2019). "Oakland Raiders release veteran tackle Donald Penn". Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  18. ^ Kareem, Copeland; Carpenter, Les. "Redskins sign offensive tackle Donald Penn, guard Hugh Thornton". Washington Post. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  19. ^ "Donald Penn's wife accuses him of having a baby with reality TV star". Daily Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  20. ^ "A Christmas story: Dreams come true courtesy of Raiders' Donald Penn". The Mercury News. December 14, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2018.

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